Authorities have identified three people killed in a helicopter crash in the Grand Canyon over the weekend. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the group of six British tourists took off from Las Vegas for a sightseeing flight Saturday.
Stuart Hill was taking the trip for his 30th birthday. He was killed along with his girlfriend Becky Dobson and his brother Jason Hill. The pilot and three other British tourists remain in critical condition at a Las Vegas hospital with severe burns, broken bones and other injuries.
Saturday evening’s crash occurred on the Hualapai Indian reservation in the rugged terrain of the Grand Canyon’s West Rim, outside of the national park.
The cause is still unknown and the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating. The flight company, Papillion Grand Canyon Helicopters, says it’s cooperating with authorities.